A Review on Online Intervention for Anxiety Disorder

Atirah Haizir, Ponnusamy Subramaniam, Shazli Ezzat Ghazali, Normah Che Din, Noh Amit


Anxiety Disorders include disorders that share features of excessive fear and anxiety and related behavioral disturbances. Diagnosis of Anxiety Disorders often leads to a high financial burden to the sufferers and economically lost to the society with high rates of health care consumption and days on sick leave. Online Intervention are seen one of the most applicable to solve this scene. Therefore the aim of this review was to update the current evidence of its effectiveness. Eight studies from electronic databases PubMed, PsycINFO, MEDLINE, and CINAHL were identified. The findings suggest that online intervention medium can be effective in reducing anxiety symptoms. Several different psychological treatments for Anxiety Disorders exist, but cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most studied. CBT targeting Anxiety Disorders is traditionally based on psychoeducation, cognitive restructuring and relaxation. Additional interventions often used are problem solving, worry exposure, mindfulness, and relapse prevention. In conclusion, the online interventions for Anxiety Disorders could serve as cost and time effective alternatives, but with certain consideration and cultural sensitivity

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